Release Management Team

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The Release Management Team (RMT) oversees the final stage of each development cycle, to ensure all open items are closed before a major release.

Duties:

  • Meet the deadlines pgsql-release@ sets for beta1 and final release.
  • When the open items list has an unowned item, promptly inform the associated committer that he owns that item.
  • Approve the creation of the corresponding stable branch, the welcoming of PostgreSQL submissions, and the resumption of CommitFests.
  • Nag item owners to ensure forward progress.

Powers, exercisable by majority vote of the RMT, even in the face of no consensus or contrary consensus:

  • Approve the commit of a patch for the purpose of resolving an open item, including reversion commits.
  • Add or remove open items.
  • Enact a feature freeze.

Before using one of those powers, the Release Management Team (RMT) should make more than zero effort to let normal community processes arrive at a sufficient answer. Given the aggressive schedule, the RMT may nonetheless use these powers quickly and often.

pgsql-release@ appoints the RMT and has the power to dissolve it.

Best Practices

  • Have scheduled, weekly meetings to:
    • Review open items and assign who is responsible for seeing them through
    • Discuss timing for beta and final releases
    • Discuss challenging issues and brainstorm ways to help find a solution
    • Report back to pgsql-release with a summary of meeting, and any actionable items -release needs to be aware of
    • Take notes; this is a good reference to look back and see how things are progressing
  • Agree to a chat medium of choice to be able to quickly reach each other
  • When prompting on updates to open items, try to bring something to drive it forward: a patch, a test, a question
  • Hard decisions happen: it's good to discuss with others in the community to get more feedback before reaching a conclusion
    • Bad news is easier to deal with when a decision is given fair consideration and transparent reasoning

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